Supply Chain and Logistics News

Amazon’s Newest Ambition: Competing Directly With UPS and FedEx

To constrain rising shipping costs, the online retailer is building its own delivery operation.

Just before the morning rush hour on a recent Thursday, a brigade of vans rolled up to a low-slung warehouse near Los Angeles International Airport.

Workers in bright green vests crammed some 150 Amazon.com packages into each truck before the fleet headed through the urban sprawl to customers’ doorsteps.

Self-driving truck convoy completes its first major journey across Europe

This morning, a fleet of self-driving trucks arrived in the Dutch port of Maasvlakte, completing a cross-continent journey that organizers say demonstrates the future of transport in Europe. The experiment is known as the European Truck Platooning Challenge, and involved trucks from six different manufacturers traveling in miniature convoys. A driver in the lead vehicle of each convoy sets the speed and the route, while the other trucks follow automatically, a Wi-Fi connection keeping their braking and acceleration (but not steering) in sync.

Tennessee Volunteers And Supply Chain Leadership

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to almost 200 supply chain practitioners from 69 different companies at the Supply Chain Forum hosted by the University of Tennessee’s highly regarded business school.  The assembly, now in its twentieth year is an exemplar of business/university partnership in pursuit of ever better supply chain performance.  Combining fresh scholarship with senior executive views from the front line the Forum does a good job of advancing three important causes at once.

Oracle Continues To Expand Supply Chain Cloud Capabilities

“What we’re announcing today is the complete supply chain cloud,” said Richard Jewell, Oracle senior vice president of application development. Oracle’s solution stretches from product lifecycle management through the procurement functions through manufacturing (either in-house or outsourced), through the complete order management capability on through the logistics of delivering the products to customers. It also includes inventory, cost management, and an overarching supply chain planning capability and master data management.

Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ

The European Commission is raising concerns about the impact of FedEx Corp. ’s $4.8 billion deal to buy TNT Express NV, saying the merging of businesses may lead to higher prices for shippers. The investigation, reported by the WSJ’s Gabriele Steinhauser, echoes the probe that scuttled the proposed merger of TNT and United Parcel Service Inc. less than three years ago. FedEx may have some important help this time, however. The European Shippers Council, which opposed the earlier merger, last month said it supports the FedEx acquisition, largely because FedEx does not have a significant role in the intra-European delivery market.

Unisource Selected by B2B Transportation Services as a Logistics Technology and 3PL Services Provider

MIAMI, FL, Mar 03, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Unisource Corporate Corporation (pinksheets:USRC) has executed a Visionship G3 license agreement with B2B Transportation Services, which specializes in the third party transportation of freight throughout the U.S., Canada as well Mexico. The software platform is scheduled to deploy in March and will be weighted toward less-than-truckload (LTL) and parcel services.